Angels to appear in Daresbury as tech firms seek investment

Minerva Business Angel Network is holding its second session at the Liverpool city region science and innovation campus later this month 

Sci-Tech Daresbury
The Sci-Tech Daresbury campus in Liverpool city region which is home to more than 130 companies


Businesses will be pitching for investment at Sci-Tech Daresbury when Minerva Business Angel Network returns for a second event.

Minerva, one of the UK’s largest angel networks providing access to investment for emerging tech businesses, first joined forces with the leading science and innovation campus in January this year

Among those preparing to make their pitch on June 24 in the hope of catching an Angel’s eye will be Sci-Tech Daresbury-based, C-Major Medical which has developed and patented what’s described as the world’s safest syringe and blood collection systems.

Also pitching is UK media veteran Duncan Smith, from Liverpool, founder of mould-breaking FUBAR Radio. 

C-Major Medical has developed and patented a core technology, CHoRD, which will be at the centre of the world’s safest syringes (pre and operator-filled), and blood-collection systems. This technology has been developed to reduce Needle Stick Injuries and contaminating aerosols.

FUBAR Radio was founded in 2014 as an online-only talk-radio brand targeting the 18–34 demographic. It has rapidly grown its listening audience to 415,000 and attracted the attention of MTV’s co-founder who calls FUBAR “the biggest global opportunity in youth media since MTV.”

Alex Toft, head of minerva, said: “We’re really pleased that these two innovative companies, C-Major Medical and FUBAR will join us at Sci-Tech Daresbury and make their pitch to Minerva’s Business Angels. We specialise in technology-based, innovative enterprises that are looking to break the mould.

“Minerva itself has gone through significant growth in the past 12 months and we hope to bring our proven model, operating since 1994, to the North West through our association with Sci-Tech Daresbury and also potentially through fellow universities.”

Among others pitching will be QStory, provider of cloud based tools for call centre and with an Internet of Things for sophisticated boiler monitoring.

John Downes, group chief executive of Langtree and chair of the Sci-Tech Daresbury joint venture company, said: “This is an excellent initiative and by working together we hope to promote angel investment within the North West business community, and prevent the flight of capital and expertise to London and the South.”

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